Monday, November 30, 2009
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Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Approximately 90% of the species in Madagascar are indigenous and many are in danger of extinction due to the island currently hovering around 90% deforestation. The population currently stands at 19 million but is supposed to double in 15-20 years. In order to provide food the villagers rely on slash and burn methods to make more farmland. The organization I will be working with is trying to help them find sustainable methods for both food and farming. The average Malagasy person lives on less than $250USD a year. The main industry is agriculture with Madagascar being the largest exporter of vanilla in the world. As a stop along many trade routes, Madagascar has had rich cultural influences from all over the world.